New report shows less than half of DCPS high school seniors on track to graduate

WASHINGTON, DC -- Parents of DC Public School students say they are disappointed after DCPS released a mid-year review showing that only 42 percent of DC public high school seniors are on track to graduate on time.

According to the report, the most significant numbers come from Ballou STAY, Luke C. Moore, and Roosevelt STAY high schools with 47-52 percent of its seniors, significantly off track to graduate.

DC parent, Vincent Thomas, says both his parents used to be educators in DC.
Now he says he is left asking, what's going on?

“Teachers become lazy? The system become lazy? Or what? I know my parents would’ve never put up with something like that.”, said Thomas.

Topping the list with the best graduation rates in DC is Banneker High School, with an 82 percent graduation rate, followed by McKinley Tech, Duke Ellington and the School Without Walls.

Parent, Richard Wilson felt that some of the problem may come down to parents keeping track of their child’s performance.

“I watch my son’s grades. I monitor his classwork and everything, so he’s on target to graduate. But as a whole, I am somewhat alarmed to see this happening in the school system.”, said Wilson.

Another component of the report had to do with attendance records.

Thus far, the report showed a whopping 49 percent of high school seniors at Ballou STAY have over 30 unexcused absences from at least one course, followed by Washington Metropolitan with 33 percent.

“It’s unfortunate to hear that the percentages are so low that the students are not going be equipped to go to college and are have to retake classes before their prerequisite classes." , said parent, Detra Battle-Washington.

During Thursday's DCPS Performance Hearing, Councilmember and Chair of the Education Committee, David Grosso said, “It is evident that given the current landscape of public education in DC that we need a further evaluation of our school system.”

Officials for DC Public Schools could not be reached for comment.